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Shrine of Our Lady of Quintiliolo

The Shrine of Our Lady of Quintiliolo is located just outside the historic centre of Tivoli, on a hill surrounded by olive trees. The name Quintiliolo derives from the territory owned by the Quintili family. Their villa once stood here and the church and then the convent were built on the site.

This splendid religious complex is dedicated to the sacred image of the Virgin Mary, found according to a legend, by a farmer who was working the land with a plough. The neoclassical facade is divided into two parts and is dominated by a tall steeple that towers over the surrounding landscape and the area of the former paper mill of Tivoli, near the Sanctuary of Hercules Victor. The interior has a nave with two side chapels: the left one contains a painting of Our Lady Queen of Saints, an eighteenth-century work of Francesco Serbucci from Tivoli. On the main altar there is the Icon of Our Lady of Quintiliolo, the symbol of the sanctuary dating back to the thirteenth century, depicting the Virgin enthroned holding up the baby Jesus with her left knee. Every first Sunday of May this beautiful Christian figure is taken in procession from the sanctuary to the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, where it remains until 8 September and is then taken back to the sanctuary.

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Saint Mary Major's Church

Saint Mary Major's Church, also known as Saint Francis' Church, is considered one of the most beautiful places of worship in the city. Built around the 12th century, it contains the tomb of Ippolito D'Este.
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Church of San Biagio

The Church of San Biagio is located in the central Piazza del Plebiscito. Built in the late 14th century, it contains a fine fresco of the Crucifixion dating back to 1200.
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St. Lawrence's Cathedral

Saint Lawrence's Cathedral, also known as Tivoli Cathedral, is the most representative place of worship of the town. It is located in Saint Lawrence's square and was built around 1635, although its origins go back to the 6th century AD.
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